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Scary Modsters... and Creepy Freaks: A Rock and Roll Fantasy (The Rock And Roll Fantasy Collection) by [Rinella, Diane]
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"Diane paints her story in wild strokes of Day-Glo orange and red and makes sure to leave a bit of her characters etched on your heart - and in your soul..."- Agents of Romance

"The suspense in getting to the end had me on the edge of my seat." - Up All Night Book Addict

"Diane Rinella is definitely an author I will be looking for more of." - Eye Candy Bookstore

From the Author

Mod - A dedicated follower of fashion.
Mobster - Some music industry insiders.
Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) - A David Bowie album.

Since I announced the release of Scary Modsters I've been repeatedly asked, "Why did you make deceased rock star Peter Lane a mod? Why not go more modern?"

In the early 1960s we had just gotten out of the bobby sox and saddle shoes phase and were looking to Jackie O for style tips. Fashions weren't exactly risky. When Peter's popularity started all of that was changing. Mary Quant, a fashion designer out of London, created revolutionary styles, color combinations, and high hemlines that have never left us. The mod look propelled fashion forward and signaled that the world was changing. It was sort of the shot heard around the world.

Working-class youth went out of their way to get the best possible fashion. There's a misconception that the scooter-loving mods were rich kids while their rivals, the motorcycle-riding, rockers, didn't have money for fancy clothes. In talking to a lot of 60s mods it seems that isn't true at all. The mods were just as working class as the rockers, but their priorities were different. They didn't believe in wearing something that they considered undesirable when they could to do better.

I have a few hang-ups with modern fashion. It seems like everywhere I go people are wearing clothes that are so short and tight that their skin is popping out in an undesirable way or their clothes are so baggy that they are falling off. I know these are fashion statements, but they're not fashion statement that work for me. I have a hard time watching award shows. Some people are given great honors and they show up looking like getting out of bed was an inconvenience. It drives me crazy.

It seems that every twenty years we revisit an era. The poodle skirts and saddle shoes of the 1950s came back in style in the late 1970s when rockabilly hit. 1960s fashions became popular again in the 1980s, during the new wave revolution. In the 1990s stores were flooded with bellbottoms and those big shirts that were all the rage in the 70s. In the first decade of the current century we saw an 80s, new wave resurgence. Now we are due for a 90s resurgence, which puts us at grunge. The problem is that grunge had a very casual look that never went away. Also the 90s weren't very interesting fashion wise. So where do we go from there? It seems only natural that we would look back to the revolution--the 1960s. Have you seem those amazing, mod commercials for Rimmel? Everything old is new again.

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  • File Size: 833 KB
  • Print Length: 282 pages
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  • Publisher: Midnight To Six (March 24, 2014)
  • Publication Date: March 24, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00J86FUQG
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Review for Scary Modsters by Diane Rinella

So not many of my whores know that I have tastes that go beyond smuttastic erotica. I actually love quirky, fun books that don’t have much if any smut to them.

(Pause for gasps from those of you suffering from shock and awe.)

Scary Modsters by Diane Rinella is one of those non-smutty books that was not only amazing, but fan-freaking-tastic! When I read the book I completely lost myself into the lives of Rosalyn, Niles, and Peter. It was impossible not to get swept away. The craftful way that the author set the scene for this book was pure genius. I don’t rave about originality lightly, when I tell you it’s unlike anything I’ve read before, it really is and this one is surprising in all the best ways.

In Scary Modsters we have Rosalyn who, for lack of better explanation, marches to the beat of her own drum. There are conformists who dress appropriately, listen to the radio and like what they are told to like, think that CGI and special effects are the best thing since sliced bread and then we have Rosalyn. I adore how she is brave enough to be different even though it makes her uncomfortable in public and gives her self-image issues from time to time. Anyone who is brave enough to flaunt their freak flag instead of keeping it behind closed doors where there are no judgmental eyes around deserves serious kudos in my book.

Jacqueline is Rosalyn’s best friend and housemate. They are almost complete opposites, but somehow the pair make their friendship work. I wasn’t sure about Jacqueline at first, but she and I became friends along the way. Her loyalty to Rox and the way she never gave up on finding love was pretty endearing.

We then have the boys… Peter Lane and Niles.
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What do a Ouji Board, vintage clothing, sixties music, a deceased rock star, London and the USA present day have in common?
Let me start by introducing you to some of the most original and endearing characters I've met within the pages of this incredible read!
Rosalyn - A beautiful, quirky 60's fashion savvy young woman who has an insatiable addiction to music from the sixties. She is complex but you'll learn why she can't let go of her feelings.....trust me. And the fact that she dances to her own tune and doesn't give a flip what anyone else thinks makes her all the more lovable!

Jacqueline - Rosalyn's best friend and roommate; total opposites but nonetheless a true friend who has been through thick and thin with Rox. She has Rosalyn's best interests at heart and is very protective of her. A great friend to have.

Niles - OMG! Mr. Dreamy in my book! This dapper man had my heart from the moment he was introduced. Hands down, suave, educated, handsome, a tad quirky and mysterious. All the makings of a dream book boyfriend.

But WAIT! What about Peter Lane? The rock god from days past....Summoned by Rosalyn on her ouija board who came to be a huge part of Rox and Niles. Peter was definitely dessert for my second book boyfriend in the book. With Peter, though I will have to say he has a side to him that makes you want to slap him upside his head at times...he can be such a devious smart ass! And there are times in the book where he has no business being present in a certain 'situation'..hehe!

I just can't say enough good things about this book! The author is a master (mistress, should I say) at writing in different POV and incorporating them to where you don't miss a thing and the flow from one POV to the next is simply lyrical.
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I discovered this book in the Peace, Love and Romance Anthology, and wow what a great book. I love the references to 60's rock and roll and the ghostly character trying to find his one true love... it was sad and funny and kept you on edge turning each page waiting to see what would unfold next.. This is a wonderful read and a truly enjoyable experience.. it will take you back to a time when life seemed simpler and yet this book is so current.. what a fantastic find!!!!
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Diane has done it again. What an amazing story. In Scary Modsters and Creepy Freaks, you meet Peter a 60's up and coming rock star, and his wife and makeup artist Jane. When Peter realized he and his band are not getting the money they earned , he looks into it. Only to end up killed. Present day We meet Rosalyn a woman who loves the 60's. When she finds a record from the late Peter she buys it. Only she finds herself face to ghost with Peter. (yes Peter is a ghost who is out for revenge on the person how killed him). So will Rosalyn help Peter? Will they find the one who had killed Peter? Will Peter find his Jane? Then there is Niles just as corky as Rox. When they meet they seem to have a lot in common. But Niles holds back. So why did I give this book 5 stars? It's beautifully written and the characters in this story are amazing. It's not just your boy meets girl and fall head over hills in love. Or the bad boy rocker book that seems to be the thing. To find out what happens read this wonderful book.
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It’s been suggested that Chavs are the offspring of previous working-class youth subcultures such as Skinheads and in turn Mods, but this book has nothing to do with Chavs. Here we’re talking Mods, the working-class, scooter-riding precursor to the Skinhead. The Mod subculture, which had its roots in the economically depressed areas of South, East and West London, favoured the ‘Rude Boy’ look, and Mods found themselves enticed by vibrant Caribbean ska, bluebeat and reggae because it was a covert, underground, non-commercialised music that was spread through house parties and clubs. By the end of the 60’s Mods – who were by now sporting close-cropped hairstyles - had become known as Skinheads.

But it’s in 1966 – two years after Pete Townshend first smashed up his guitar at The Railway Tavern, Wealdstone (a walk from where I grew up), and a year or two before Mods become Skinheads - that we meet Peter, a sort of New Romantic pop star ahead of his time. The interesting thing about Peter is that he’s soon to become a ghost.

A favourite pastime of my own is poking fun at East Londoners when they start going on and on and on about jellied eels and pie ‘n’ mash and West Ham winning the World Cup in 1966, and I’m sure the author shares my sense of humour here for she taunts and derides them by placing Peter’s father as a worker in a steel mill, when at the time all East London men either worked down the docks or in the ship-building industry - the nearest steel mills to the East End of London being about 200 miles away in Sheffield. And she then rubs salt in the wound by stating that Peter’s mother was a waitress in a pub! You won’t find a waitress in an East London pub now!
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